Thursday, March 26, 2015


     After starting Mid-South Conference play 1-3 against Cumberlands (Ky.) over the weekend the softball team looked to turn the tide when they traveled across the county. The only problem was their next opponent was the nationally ranked Campbellsville Tigers. The Tigers (14-5, 5-1 MSC) entered the game taking three-out-of-four from the sixth ranked Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Blue Raiders. The Patriots (6-14, 1-5 MSC) on the other hand, were looking to regroup from their recent defeats to Cumberlands.

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The first game of the two game set turned out to be a pitchers’ duel. With both pitchers going seven plus innings. The Patriots added a run in the top of the seventh that would send the game into extra innings, but the Tigers fought back with a run in the bottom of the eighth that would prove to be the game-winner.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. The Patriots, however, would tie it up a one apiece in the top of the third. Brandi Hood (Bardstown, Ky.) got the inning started with a one-out base knock. Tiffany Wickline (Georgetown, Ky.) would follow suit with a hard hit ball to the infield that would put runners at first and second with one out. After a passed ball advanced the runners to second and third, Carly Benz (Louisville, Ky.) came through with a sacrifice fly that would score Hood from third. The Patriots looked to add another when Brittany McKee (Somerset, Ky.) got in on the action with a base hit, but Wickline was thrown out a home trying to score.

Senior Krystal Cammuse (Frankfort, Ky.) held down the fort in the bottom of the third, but was unable to do so in the fourth. The Tigers added a run a run on three hits in the bottom of the fourth. Things would remain at 2-1 in favor of the Tigers until the top of the seventh. Kelsey Gravens (Mt. Washington, Ky.) set the tone with an eight pitch walk to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runner in scoring position with one out, Cammuse came through with a base knock that would knot the game up a two apiece. The game then moved into extra innings where the Tigers scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to win 3-2.

Wickline and Cammuse led the way with two hits apiece, while Benz joined Cammuse with an RBI. The Patriots matched the Tigers with six hits on the game. Patriots’ hurler, Krystal Cammuse tossed 7.2 solid innings, while allowing three runs on six hits.

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The second game of the doubleheader proved to be much different for both teams. The Tigers scored three runs in the first, second, and sixth innings to win going away 10-1. The Tigers played long ball hitting four homeruns in the final game.

The Tigers would batter the Patriot pitchers with 10 runs on 11 hits in the second game. The Patriots, on the other hand, could only muster one run on four hits in the second game. Wickline started the game for the Patriots, but after she allowed three runs in the first and one in the second she was pulled for McKee. McKee allowed the final two runs in the second inning, as the Patriots faced and 6-0 deficit heading into the third inning. Campbellsville tacked on one in the third to make it 7-0. The lone run for the Patriots came in the top of the fifth when Kolbi Mitchell (Winchester, Ky.) hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to six. The Tigers, however, fought back with three runs in the sixth to end the game 10-1.

The Patriots will return to action this weekend when they host MSC foe Georgetown (Ky.) for a four game set beginning on Friday at 2 p.m. ET.